Screen/Society -- Diamonstein-Spielvogel Series: Films of Laura Poitras -- "My Country, My Country" (35mm)
Film Screening -- "My Country, My Country" (Laura Poitras, 2006, 90min, USA, In Arabic, English, and Kurdish with English subtitles, 35mm) -- Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature, My Country, My Country follows Sunni political candidate and physician Dr. Riyadh for eight months leading up to the January 2005 elections in Iraq. The film combines Riyadh's personal journey through the intensifying chaos with footage of the American occupation forces, of which he's a major critic. Emotionally difficult and full of contradictions, director Laura Poitras' work avoids forcing one perspective on this case of forced democracy. "The definitive non-fiction film about the occupation of Iraq. Indispensable, heartbreaking, and ferociously wise" (Village Voice). -- Second of three films leading up to the October 24th conversation between Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Laura Poitras in the Nasher Museum Auditorium at 6:00pm.